Delta State to raise tuition 5 percent, blames budget cuts

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Delta State University wasn’t going to raise tuition next fall, but President Bill LaForge said state budget cuts changed the university’s mind.

College Board trustees have given preliminary approval to the 3,600-student university’s plan to raise the price for two full-time semesters of tuition and fees from $6,418 to $6,733. Trustees are scheduled to vote on final approval later.

Delta State charges Mississippi residents and out-of-state students the same price for tuition.

Mississippi’s other seven public universities had already announced planned increases for fall 2017 last year. The average price of tuition statewide will go up 3.8 percent to $7,294.

LaForge says Delta State had planned a 5 percent increase for fall 2018, but says officials decided to move it ahead to fall 2017 to avoid a possible revenue shortfall.

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